Fodor's Expert Review Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
This cozy oenophile's den may offer a lineup of 350-plus wines spanning Australia to Austria, but it's utterly unstuffy (conveyed by murals of reveling diners and quotes stenciled everywhere, such as "What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others"—Diogenes). Chef–owner Keith Griffin promises "no sunsets, no fish feeding, it's all about the food." In other words, no gimmickry, though his constantly changing menu is a mischievous mélange of influences and ingredients. Accents alone, from compotes to coulis, include chili-caramel dip (for crispy sesame-coconut shrimp), mustard-olive crust (for rack of lamb with Cabernet-cranberry sauce and bacon-jalapeño mashed potatoes), and coconut-lime dressing (for tea-cured yellowfin tuna ceviche with toasted sesame-wakame salad). He'll fearlessly blacken, spice-rub, grill, deglaze, braise, stir-fry, barbecue, smoke, and poach, often delighting in unorthodox pairings that titillate every set of taste buds. Best of all, Griffin believes in sharing, with lavish happy hour specials and all-you-can-eat-and-drink champagne-and-lobster Tuesday and Thursday for CI$49.95 per person; and three-course dinners (including two wine pairings) Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for CI$39.95; not to mention fondue and steak nights.
19 Fort St.
George Town, Grand Cayman KY1-1204, Cayman Islands